Event Details

Tuesday, 1 December, 2020 - 14:30 to 15:30
Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT)


AIHS member: Complimentary
Non-Member: Complimentary


Event Organising Body: 
Australian Institute of Health & Safety
(03) 8336 1995


The Australian Institute of Health & Safety invites you to join us Tuesday 1st December for a webinar presentation titled: Managing workers working from home - your legal questions answered

Working from home, in some form, has always been a feature of work. The recent COVID-19 pandemic and the Government recommendation for workers to work from home where possible has cast new light on working from home, and in particular the health and safety implications with that raised some legal questions:

  • What constitutes ‘work’ when working from home?
  • What are the limits of employer WHS responsibilities? What are individual responsibilities?
  • Is there any difference in scope of responsibilities for physical health and safety compared with psychological safety?
  • What is the legal position when working from home exposes the worker to non-work related risks?
  • What are the differences in how WHS legislation and workers compensation legislation treat employer /worker responsibilities in working from home?


The OHS Body of Knowledge chapter on Workers Working from Home is freely available at

Event details

Date: Tuesday 1st December 
Time: 14:30 - 15:30 AEDT
Format: Zoom Webinar - Log in details will be sent out 1-2 days prior 
Cost: Complimentary 

Your Speakers

Geoff Hoad, Chief Safety Officer, Blacktown City Council

Catherine Dunlop
Catherine Dunlop, Partner,  Maddocks Lawyers

Catherine is one of Australia's leading lawyers in work health and safety (WHS). She leads the Maddocks safety practice and advises on all aspects of safety, including procurement and contractor management, WHS systems, asbestos, due diligence, and responding to prosecutions. With her extensive experience in providing incident response advice, Catherine assists clients in dealing with police and other investigative authorities and working with media and reputation advisers. She also advises on government-related employment matters. She has particular experience in helping clients with bullying claims and workplace investigations, managing injured workers, dismissals, privacy, protected disclosures, and discrimination.

Catherine has acted in three Royal Commissions in Victoria and two national Royal Commissions. She acts for public sector clients in significant coronial inquests, Ombudsman's inquiries, and in parliamentary inquiries. Catherine's has a background and broad knowledge of administrative law and statutory interpretation, and brings this to her work for government clients and regulated bodies to assist them with issues such as regulatory reform and judicial review.

Alena Titterton, Partner, Clyde & Co

Alena Titterton is a health, safety and security partner at global law firm Clyde & Co.  Dual qualified in law and behavioural science (majoring in psychology), Alena brings a multidisciplinary approach to supporting clients in managing legal OHS risks. 

Alena works across both private and public sectors, investigating incidents, defending prosecutions and developing safety management systems.  Alena advises Boards and executives on safety due diligence and conducts WHS legal compliance audits having developed the audit tool, ClydeComply. She also developed the free iTunes incident notification app, Clyde Covered.  She is a highly sought after speaker internationally and has presented at the ILO’s World Congress on Safety and Health at Work, conferences of the American Society of Safety Engineers and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering as well as the AIHS. 

Alena is the Research & Thought Leadership Working Group Chair for the AIHS Women in Safety and Health (WISH) Network.